Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)
For more information please visit Michigan Department of Education: www.michigan.gov/mde/
Dear Parents, April 3, 2017
This spring, students will be taking the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-Step). The testing window for administering these tests begins Monday, April 10. This year, students will be taking these tests online as opposed to the traditional paper and pencil method. Howard 5th grade students will start testing on Tuesday, April 11. Please see the calendar listing bellow for more testing dates. Additional information regarding testing including the schedule for the 3rd and 4th grade (testing in May) will be sent home/posted the week of April 10.
5th Grade Testing Schedule
ELA Day 1
ELA Day 2
ELA Day 3
ELA Day 4
Math Day 1
Math Day 2
Please review the following test-taking tips with your child:
Before the test:
- Help your child develop a positive attitude about the test with positive discussions before the test.
- Keep them focused on striving for their best, but remaining confident in their ability to give their best effort.
- Ensure your child gets a plenty of sleep the night before the test, but also make sure your child is on time so you are not rushing to school just in time for testing.
- A healthy breakfast will help your child remain focused during the test.
During the test remind your child to:
- Listen carefully to directions given by the teacher.
- Ask questions if you don’t understand what to do.
- Read each question carefully. Find the keywords to help you determine what the question is really asking.
- Read the entire question and look at all answer choices to ensure you are making the best selection.
- Use the strategies used in class to find the answer.
- Relax and give your best effort! I am confident that our Howard Dragons will rise to the challenge!
Dan Blessing, Ed.S.
Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School
“March is reading month” was a huge success at Howard Elementary School!
- Our students exceeded their goal of 200,000 reading minutes by accumulating a grand total of 230,000 reading minutes in the month of March!
- Because they exceeded their goal, they were treated to a visit by “Batman” (AKA Mr. Blessing)
- We had many guest readers from parents, extended family, and other everyday heroes!
- Bingo-for-Books was a huge success. With many students and parents attending. Everyone enjoyed the yummy hot dogs donated to our PTA by El-Sayed meats. Every student won at least one book and many left with their hands full of books! It was a great evening , and hopefully it inspired our students to read even more!
- Every day our wonderful teachers and staff work hard to inspire our students and help them achieve academically!
- Our PTA continues to amaze us with an incredible amount of support for our students!
It is a distinct honor to work with this amazing learning community! Enjoy your spring break!
Dan Blessing, Ed.S
Interim Principal, Howard Elementary School
April 3rd – April 7th
Classes resume Monday, April 10th
NO SCHOOL – Friday, April 14th (Good Friday)
APRIL IS COMING
As a reminder, you will need to re-enroll for Howard to continue earning in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
Help support Howard School and enroll if you have not yet. Let’s keep the rewards coming!!!!!!!
March 27-31 (next week)
- Monday: Super Cozy Pajamas
- Tuesday: Super Bright – Neon
- Wednesday: Super Famous (dress like a famous person)
- Thursday: Super Sporty (support your favorite team)
- Friday: Super Hero T-shirt Day
The goal of this program is to provide parents (with children ages 6 months to 4 years) with classes in different developmental areas in order to help them to best meet the needs of their young children. These classes include: Nutrition & Health, Dental Care, Social Emotional, Screen Time & Technology, Math, Literacy, Music & Movement, and Science. During these classes you will be participating in hands on activities with your child, hearing from professionals in these interest areas, and receiving free materials to continue the learning through play at home. If you would like to reserve your spot for any of the classes or would like more information regarding these classes, please call (313) 827-8350. Please call on the link below for calendar.
Due to overwhelming response and lack of volunteers, we have to revise our running club schedule.
Beginning tomorrow (Thursday), we will split the runners into groups.
Tuesdays: Kindergarten-2nd gr.
Thursdays: 3rd-5th gr.
Students may only come on their designated day, and siblings are not allowed to wait unsupervised. Since the weather has been cold and windy we have had to have the children practice indoors, and the hallways become overcrowded with over 130 students participating. Please understand that we are making this change to keep practices more productive and focused and for the safety of all of the runners.
We are hoping that April’s weather forecast will be more favorable for running outside. Coach Julie and the PTA will notify everyone when all classes will be able to participate on both days again.
Please note: Tomorrow’s (Thursday) running club practice will be for 3rd-5th grade only.
Dear Parents of 3rd and 4th grade students (9 & 10 years old):
Today your child will bring home a packet of information from the University of Michigan regarding a landmark effort called the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. Over 10,000 nine- and ten-year-old children across the country will join this study, supported by the American School Health Association and National Institutes of Health.
The UM requests your voluntary participation in this project.
I encourage you to read the information and consider being part of this important study with your child. Participants will be paid for their time, up to $400 per year. If you are interested, use the postage paid envelope in the packet or go to Howard ABCD to submit a response card.
Here is a link to a short informational video (1.5 mins) about the study.
If you have any questions, please use the contact information above.